Portmeirion Over 50 Years of Fine Pottery and Earthenware
Portmeirion Potteries of Stoke-on-Trent is one of Britain's last remaining domestic manufacturers of fine pottery and earthenware.
As practical as it is collectable, Portmeirion can be found adorning the dining tables and china cabinets in homes throughout the world. Today, Scotts of Stow is proud to be one of the UK's leading purveyors of Portmeirion tableware and dining accessories.
The charming miniature Italianate village, founded in 1925, latterly became the location for 1960s cult TV series 'The Prisoner'.
As a child, Susan grew up in the company of artists such as Graham Sutherland and Henry Moore and soon developed her own talent for shape, form and pattern to create iconic, trend-setting pieces under the Portmeirion brand; including the Totem range which combined modern shapes with patterns rooted in ancient cultures.
The purchase of pottery and manufacturing companies in Stoke-on-Trent gave Susan the ability not only to decorate her work but to actually make it as well, which during the 1960s was considered quite unique.
Throughout the decade, Susan gained a reputation for striking designs combining bold, abstract patterns, embossing techniques and striking cylindrical shapes that revolutionised the look of tableware.
Founded in 1960 by pottery designer Susan Williams-Ellis and her husband, Euan Cooper-Ellis, the couple started out producing ceramic giftware for the shop at Portmeirion Village in North Wales, originally designed by her father architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis.
The Beauty of Botanic Garden
In 1972, Portmeirion Potteries launched its most recognised design Botanic Garden. Capturing perfectly the zeitgeist of casual entertaining during the era, the collection was inspired by Susan's serendipitous find of a set of antique botanical prints.
The designs feature studies of classic British flowers, courted by flights of colourful butterflies with over 70 beautiful motifs introduced since 1972 see all the Botanic Garden motifs here. Now hailed as one of the world's most popular casual tableware collections, the ever-evolving earthenware range continues to be manufactured at Portmeirion's Stoke-on-Trent facility.
Although Scotts of Stow's partnership with Portmeirion was established relatively recently, we have cultivated a special relationship with the company.
Each season, we work together with Portmeirion's designers to create unique and special pieces available exclusively to Scotts of Stow customers and not commonly available on the high street.
In recent years we have created a stunning cafetire, decorated with a study of blue hydrangeas and butterflies.
In addition, Portmeirion themselves add a new floral motif to their Botanic Garden collection every year, as well as creating differently shaped pieces to stimulate new interest all the time for ardent diners and collectors alike.
Timeless Classics for every Occasion
As Kara, our Homewares buyer says, "It is truly a pleasure to select the Portmeirion ranges as they make beautiful, quality pieces that easily complement and enhance your existing dinnerware collections. Every Portmeirion piece is a joy to own and use."
Of course, the charm of Portmeirion can be enjoyed at any time of the year, but at Christmas, especially, it really adds a festive flourish with The Holly and the Ivy collection.
This design not only features a crisp rendition of intertwined holly and ivy, but carries the elegantly scripted first line of the eponymous carol.
Selected Portmeirion ranges are also sold through our sister company Bloom, where stylish, pared back designs by Sophie Conran provide the perfect complement to our exquisite silk flowers.
Over a period of time, Portmeirion has acquired the business interests and designs of Royal Worcester, famous for its Evesham and Serendipity dinnerware, Spode for classic Blue Italian serving and dinnerware and Pimpernel, manufacturers of themed place mats, coasters and serving trays.
The Holly and the Ivy collection extends to a cake stand and even coordinating teaspoons and pastry forks, making the cutting of your Christmas cake and every afternoon tea occasion even more ceremonious.
As well as Botanic Garden and The Holly and the Ivy, we also sell Portmeirion's Botanic Blue and Water Garden collections, while for children we will be offering collections featuring Peppa Pig, Thomas the Tank Engine and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.